The contrast could not have been sharper. When the Union government unleashed a double assault on the people, through a diesel and cooking gas price hike and by allowing FDI in multi-brand retail, as every housewife, every man on the street, complained, the stock market boomed and the rupee climbed up. Capital is delighted when the people are hit. Finance cheers as the working people are squeezed. India’s “credit rating”, as officials were quick to point out, would now improve!
Pragoti is carrying three short pieces, which were reactions to the decision by the Union governemnt to allow FDI in multibrand retail. These pieces were originally published in Ganasakthi and also available at www.cpimwb.org.in, the website of the CPI(M) West Bengal State Committee
One of the most significant contributions of the Hazari report was the official identification of the ‘business group’ as the basic institutional unit of organisation of Indian monopoly capital. The group in this view consisted of a number of related and unrelated activities controlled by a single central decision-making authority and thereby functioning as a co-ordinated organisation (Hazari 1967).
On 3 September 2012, the Lok Sabha passed the ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2010’, a full fifteen years after the Supreme Court (1997 Vishaka vs. State of Rajasthan). The Vishakha judgement was revolutionary in mandating the formation of committees against sexual harassment in all workplaces and placing upon the employer the responsibility of providing an environment free of sexual harassment, hostility and intimidation for women. In the Lok Sabha, the Bill was passed without any discussion, and will now be placed before the Rajya Sabha. This Bill must be thoroughly debated, as there are a number of provisions that need revision.
लोकतंत्र पर भारतीय और वैश्विक विमर्श में कई महत्वपूर्ण खामियाँ हैं. लोकतंत्र के सैधान्तिकरण में साम्राज्यवाद को पूरी तरह से ही छोड़ दिया जाता है. यह तीन तरीके से किया गया है. पहला कि साम्राज्यवाद महत्वपूर्ण अवधारणा नहीं है. इस तरह की सोच वालो को ‘उत्तर-आधुनिक’, ‘उत्तर- उपनिवेशवादी’ और ‘समुदायवादी’ सिद्धांतकार कह सकते हैं. चूँकि ये सिद्धांतकार ‘बड़े’ या ‘मेटा’ प्रश्नों को व्यर्थ मानते हैं तो यह स्वाभाविक ही है कि साम्राज्यवाद जैसे ‘मेटा’ प्रश्न उनकी परिधि से बाहर ही रहें हैं. दूसरी कोटि में नव उदारवादी आते हैं.
August 29, 2012. Ten and a half years after the brutal carnage at Naroda Patiya, the long struggle for justice has reached the first milestone with the common judgment on pronounced by Judge Jyotsna Yagnik Special Sessions Judge. Eight charge sheets were filed in this historic case that lasted several months. It was one of the nine cases being supervised by the Supreme Court and investigated by the SIT.In all 32 persons have been convicted. This includes former BJP MLA and minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet, Smt Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi, Bipin Panchal, Ashok Sindhi and Kishan Korani (sitting corporator, accused No 20) Twenty-nine of the accused were acquitted. The full text of the judgment is archived on Pragoti and is available here. Here are some excerpts from the judgment which sets into context not only the heinous crimes of the BJP, the Bajrang DAl, the RSS and the VHP; but also the complicity of the police and by extension the Narendra Modi government in the carnage.
Professor of Media studies at Sikkim University and a long time political commentator and legal activist, V. Krishna Ananth jots down his thoughts about the recent phenomenon of net censorship and the government's decision to block over 300 net accounts following the exodus issue.
‘Assam violence’, ‘requital’ in Mumbai and thereupon ‘en masse exodus’ towards geographically known area as North-Eastern States by its inhabitants are a crystal clear signpost of India’s being and becoming dilemma. In fact, there is a battle over being and becoming. Benign postulation would suggest that there is a diversion between being and becoming of India’s theoretical foundation and practice. This benign understanding can be dubbed as simplification of being and its historicity.
A blogpost that expresses dismay with the newly formed SP led government in Uttar Pradesh.